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    Default whereas/while/ although, even though

    Today I heard something new that I didn't know before and It really makes me wonder how much of it is correct or if it's grammatically correct do the people really care to apply this rule in their conversations?


    It's about the differences between these words.
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    It can be very difficult to work with Mr- ................. he is a very kind manager.

    1. when 2. therefor 3.while 4.even though


    is this sentence wrong? It can be very difficult to work with Mr- even though he is a very kind manager.

    I heard this from a teacher that the answer is while because while and whereas shows a type of contrast that is expectable!! and we can not use even though because it shows a contrast that is not expectable I mean like something extraordinary has happened! like in the following test. The question is aren't they interchangeable here?



    He still behaves like a little child ...............he is 25 now.
    1.although 2. whereas 3 . beacuse 4. while

    and the answer here is 1. ( I agree that although seems much better here)

    This is something I hadn't heard about it until now and if it's really a 100 percent rule then well it shows that maybe I'll have to start from the beginning!!

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    Default Re: whereas/while/ although, even though

    Please try to use some punctuation in your writing. Without any, it becomes quite difficult to read.
    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post

    It can be very difficult to work with Mr- ................. he is a very kind manager.

    1. when 2. therefore 3.while 4.even though

    i Is this sentence wrong? It can be very difficult to work with Mr- even though he is a very kind manager.

    I heard this from a teacher that the answer is 'while', because 'while' and 'whereas' shows a type of contrast that is expectable!!, and we can not use 'even though' because it shows a contrast that is not expectable; I mean like something extraordinary has happened!, like in the following test.
    For me, 'while' is not natural; 'even though' is fine. 'Even though' suggests something unexpected, which is the situation here. One would expect a very kind manager to be easy to work with.

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    Default Re: whereas/while/ although, even though

    Really what is the border between expected and unexpected?

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    Default Re: whereas/while/ although, even though

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Really what is the border between expected and unexpected?
    Is this a question about grammar or philosophy?

    If something follows based on common sense "logic", it's probably expected. But I guess it would depend on the person.

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    Default Re: whereas/while/ although, even though

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Is this a question about grammar or philosophy?

    If something follows based on common sense "logic", it's probably expected. But I guess it would depend on the person.

    I really don't know! the problem is when someone is difficult to work with it is more likely that he isn't kind but a teacher does not agree with me and thinks this is something expected. So we can not use even though.

    I am really confused here and If please someone tell me if there is such a big difference at least in conversations?

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    Default Re: whereas/while/ although, even though

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Please try to use some punctuation in your writing. Without any, it becomes quite difficult to read.For me, 'while' is not natural; 'even though' is fine. 'Even though' suggests something unexpected, which is the situation here. One would expect a very kind manager to be easy to work with.
    Good evening, new member here. Could someone please help me understand this better? Do the following examples illustrate the difference between "although" and "whereas" ?

    1. He smokes, although he knows it's bad for him.
    2. He smokes, while his wife doesn't.

    Are "although" and "whereas" interchangable in the above sentences? Without being able to justify it, I feel they aren't... Or does it have to do with the expected / unexpected contrast situation? Thank you.
    Last edited by Dimitra Pachoula; 24-Feb-2013 at 16:50. Reason: I forgot to ask something...

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